Undergraduate Research award

The Undergraduate Research Award will be offered for student research covering any topic related to fungal biology (and organisms traditionally studied by mycologists) including; medical mycology, cell biology, physiology, systematics, evolution, genomics, and ecology. The undergraduate student awardee will conduct independent or directed research under the guidance of a research mentor. This award is open to all undergraduate students with sophomore, junior, or senior standing.

The selection of award recipients will be based on the merit of the proposed research with special attention given to the potential of the student to contribute to existing knowledge of fungal biology. Award decisions will be based on the quality of the application and the qualifications of the individual undergraduate student who is applying. Special consideration will not be given to a student based on the specific nature of the academic institution from which they are applying. The fellowships will be selected based on scholastic achievements (with a copy of transcripts), a research proposal outlining the planned project and timeline (limited to 2 pages including references cited) and a letter of recommendation from the research mentor. The Student Award committee will select the recipient each year.

Award Amount: $500-1000

Application Deadline: February 15th, annually

Requirements: Applicants must be an undergraduate student with sophomore, junior, or senior standing who is conducting research on a fungal biology topic. Successful applicants will have the support of a faculty mentor.

Documents required:
1. Copy of University or College transcripts
2. A research proposal outlining the project and timeline (2 page limit, including references)
3. A letter of recommendation from the research mentor

All student application materials should be sent as a single electronic document to the chair of MSA Student Awards committee (Link here: http://msafungi.org/msa-awards/msa-awards-committees/#stud). Letters of support from research mentors should also be sent directly by the mentor to the chair of MSA Student Awards committee.

In addition, undergraduate students are eligible for the following awards from the Research Awards Committee: The Clark T. Rogerson Student Research Award,The Salamon Bartnicki-Garcia Award, and the Forest Ecology Award (Link here: http://msafungi.org/msa-awards/msa-awards-committees/#res).